Our standards and guidance cover all areas of surveying practice and embody best practice. They fall into the following categories: professional statements, practice statements, codes of practice, and guidance notes.
RICS standards and professional guidance are available free of charge to all and you can download PDF versions of the publications below. Check the side-bar options to refine the listed items by topic or professional group, or search for specific guidance using the search box above. Some RICS professional guidance publications can be bought from the RICS Shop.
Members should note that when an allegation of professional negligence is made against a surveyor, the court is likely to take into account the contents of any relevant professional guidance published by RICS in deciding whether or not the surveyor has acted with reasonable competence.
Outdated guidance is archived, however you can still obtain a reference copy by contacting our library.
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23 May 2014
The main aim of this guidance note is to provide a framework of practical guidance for quantity surveyors on how to calculate embodied carbon emissions associated with their projects.
01 Apr 2008
Developed in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Carbon Trust, this guidance note outlines how carbon management can provide real commercial returns as well as making a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions.
07 Apr 2010
Intended to assist surveyors of all levels of expertise, this note provides guidance on advising clients as to how environmental and sustainability issues impact upon all aspects of land, property and construction.
01 Feb 2007
This guidance note provides an overview of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and considers the potential role of members in the process.
25 Aug 2009
Focusing on the resurgence of interest in energy from waste, this paper highlights important issues and provides updates in areas such as legislation, government policy and the interests of responsible bodies.
This information paper was written with the aim of helping members (particularly rural and environmental surveyors) prepare for the potential impact of this significant piece of legislation.
17 Mar 2011
Backed with illustrative case studies, this information paper aims to assist members when giving advice to clients in the area of environmental liability and compliance.
23 Feb 2010
This note offers guidance for valuers on the more complex issues that might arise when dealing with the presence of trees (or groups of trees).
26 Sep 2011
Prepared with input from academics and practitioners with expertise in material processing technology, this paper provides information on issues surrounding 'rare earths' and the considerable role they have to play in facilitiating a low carbon future.
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